Friday, September 29, 2017
America was founded and built by immigrants but you wouldn't know it in the present cultural climate. There is a movement to roll up the welcome mat and slam shut the gates to the country. That is why this anti-nativist PR campaign is important. The pope is putting his moral authority behind the plight of migrants. After all, he too is the son of immigrants to Argentina from Italy. He understands the impulses and suffering of those who want to live more freely, be able to feed and house their families and flee from oppression. The attitude among US leaders today is reprehensible, and the Roman Catholic bishops have spared no criticism of efforts to keep foreigners out. It is a welcome opposition, and if it can motivate the millions of Catholics in America to protest exclusionary policies, it might prove effective.